Essay writing tips: The Right way to write an essay
Essay writing. Huh! The first thing that comes to your mind when you hear these two oft-repeated words is — it’s a cakewalk. But the moment you’re asked to write on an assigned topic, you realize stringing words together could be an agonizing experience. You immediately hit a roadblock. What next? As American writer Jack Kerouc once famously said: “It ain't whatcha write, it's the way atcha write it.” Remember these simple essay writing tips. And the basics will come to your rescue every time you come across such a hurdle while writing.
Get off to a flying start
“The first impression is the last impression” This holds true for essay writing too. Your essay’s introduction must grab the readers’ attention, giving them a brief idea of the essay's focus. In other words, set the tone, pose a question or establish what’s coming next.
1. To start with, collect all the data and arrange them. The more you sort out your information, the easier it will be to acquire the desired angle of your thought process.
2. Now that you have worked out your plan of action (POA), start with a basic introduction — short, to the point yet captivating.
Pro Tip: Never write long introductions. It puts off the readers. At the same time, in a bid to grab their attention do not give away all the information you have on hand.
Shaping the essay
“A good essay must have this permanent quality about it; it must draw its curtain round us, but it must be a curtain that shuts us in not out.” — Virginia Woolf Now that you have captivated the readers with your introduction, your task is cut out — keep the readers’ interest alive. For this, the topic you have been assigned to needs to be explained, described or argued in the body of the essay.
i. Think and re-think as to what all questions you desire to answer in this particular thesis. Yes, there will come a point when you might get confused again, regarding the way you would want to write all that information down, but fret not!
ii. Maintain a proper sequence. We understand that when you are trying to write on a particular topic, there might arise so many questions and the relevant answers to them, but never get confused. Concentrate on the main argument and write supporting sentences to drive home your point. Remember not to present your thesis in the form of a question, it should simply be an argument.
A perfect ending
“The first sentence can’t be written until the final sentence is written.” — Joyce Carol Oates The most vital part of any form of writing is the way you launch your topic and end it, maintaining the same pace. Conclusion draws the curtains to your literary work and brings closure to the readers. It provides the final perspective on the topic. So do not end your essay abruptly.
It is vital to write three or four sentences about your feelings and what you expect from the society as a whole to bring positive changes in the present situation. Reason: A student who is able to express his ideas eloquently on paper stands a better chance of acceptance than anyone who is shaky in convincing his tutor about a point of view or opinion. A conclusion is your voice and your thought, so make sure that your ideas do reflect out of your words.
We hope these essay writing tips we provided will go a long way in helping you achieve your future goals. To quickly summarize, just remember these two vital points:
i. A persuasively written piece must have an effective introduction and thought provoking conclusion to narrow down the focus of writing
ii. An essay unlike news copies should never be written in an inverted pyramid structure. The introduction must not contain all the essential and most attention-grabbing elements, followed by supporting or explanatory information in order of diminishing importance in the body with the least important part being in the conclusion. An essay must be a balanced one in all three segments so that the readers are hooked to the article till the end.